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    Default Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    I was digging through my garage recently and I found a Brinkmann Q-Beam Max Million spotlight with a 6 volt rechargeable battery. Unfortunately I was not able to locate the charger. But I do have a 9 volt dc charger that fits. Will this charge the battery or will it just burn down my house?

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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    I wouldn't try it unless you can monitor the charging process. Even then it could be dangerous. Best to use the right stuff, fires and explosions, no good!
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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    Smart charger with -dV or thermal end detect: maybe. Anything else: definitely not.

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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    It will go POOF!

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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    I assume you are talking about a "spotlight" with a typical 6V lead-acid. if the charger you are talking about is just a typical "wall-wart" transformer, then the voltage rating doesn't really matter all that much if you time your charging accordingly.

    What you want to do, is look at the capacity of the lead-acid cell, and the current output of the 9V wall-wart, and figure a reasonable charge time for the configuration. The wall-wart is not really going to be able to exceed the current rating, and it will probably maintain that current rating continuously when charging a 6V lead-acid. Take the capacity of the lead-acid battery, and divide by the current output of the charger. Multiply that figure by about 1.5 for losses to heat during charging and charge for that amount of time when the battery is dead (units should be in hours). Use less charging time when you figure the battery isn't completely depleted.

    Just for reference, most 6V spotlights contain a 6V 4AH battery. If you need help figuring out charging time, just let me know what the mA output of the charger you have is and I'll help give you an approximate charge time.

    sealed-Lead-acid batteries are pretty robust and aren't going to explode if over-charged a bit, it just wears them out faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdocod View Post
    I assume you are talking about a "spotlight" with a typical 6V lead-acid. if the charger you are talking about is just a typical "wall-wart" transformer, then the voltage rating doesn't really matter all that much if you time your charging accordingly.

    What you want to do, is look at the capacity of the lead-acid cell, and the current output of the 9V wall-wart, and figure a reasonable charge time for the configuration. The wall-wart is not really going to be able to exceed the current rating, and it will probably maintain that current rating continuously when charging a 6V lead-acid. Take the capacity of the lead-acid battery, and divide by the current output of the charger. Multiply that figure by about 1.5 for losses to heat during charging and charge for that amount of time when the battery is dead (units should be in hours). Use less charging time when you figure the battery isn't completely depleted.

    Just for reference, most 6V spotlights contain a 6V 4AH battery. If you need help figuring out charging time, just let me know what the mA output of the charger you have is and I'll help give you an approximate charge time.

    sealed-Lead-acid batteries are pretty robust and aren't going to explode if over-charged a bit, it just wears them out faster.

    Eric
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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    What will be the effect if it is a switch mode voltage regulated power supply vs a simple transformer? It should maintain the higher voltage at a lower current. Will this be a problem?

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    Default Re: Will a 9 volt charger work with a 6 volt battery?

    http://www.brinkmann.net/Docs/Pdf/800-2605-0.pdf has some info which might be useful. There might be a current-limiting resistor in the 12v recharger.

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